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On article Ten expert tips for successful macro photography (116 comments in total)
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bakhtyar kurdi: I wish I had Fujifilm GFX 50S and 120mm f4 to try macro photography, don't laugh at me, that is the point of the video, and most buyers of this expensive thing are that kind of people, please help, I went to a camera store and told them what is the best camera right now, they told me Canon 5DIII, and what is the best portrait lens? it is Canon 85/1.2II, so I bought them, but I am very disappointed, everything is blurry, my cell phone was much better.

Small insider tip, there is no "best camera", only a most profitable for the shop, or favorite of the seller. For your best camera they would need to know your interests, skill level, willingness to carry gear around etc. The best camera is a medium format with some amazingly expensive glass, think multiple car's worth, then again for someone else the best camera is an iPhone, or something in between. Key thing though, for any camera, it takes time (and study) to get the most out of it

Link | Posted on Jul 23, 2017 at 15:04 UTC

On the detection task, you scored: 8 out of 10 (no guessing)

I should say several of them should have been altered, and looking at bad photographs is something I'd rather avoid :) I did expect to be doing worse than this though, a professional alteration is impossible to spot

Link | Posted on Jul 20, 2017 at 20:53 UTC as 134th comment

If an animal triggering a camera using a light trap is a photographers copyright, or if it is on a timer, why is this different for a pressure triggered trap? and what is this pressure point is as small as the camera button? Completely absurd this case and it keeps reminding me of the movie Idiocracy.

Link | Posted on Jul 16, 2017 at 23:08 UTC as 46th comment | 11 replies
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Jonathan Brady: I think it's a smart move. Even if 100% of the people affected by this move decide to never use Photobucket again, that only means more money for the company because they won't have to host their images anymore. These people weren't paying Photobucket a dime as it was so Photobucket isn't missing out on any revenue. They're just saving expenses. Most businesses want to keep every customer they possibly can including the cheapest and most troublesome, with a few exceptions. In this case these users aren't even customers. They are essentially resource leeches. My guess is that those in charge at Photobucket are celebrating every time somebody swears off their service because it's not free anymore.
Having said that, I think they could have chosen a lower price point and converted a lot of these leeches into paying customers but probably not. People who get something for free for a decade are unlikely to want to pay for it when all they have to do is switch to somebody else who will give them the same thing for free.

Those leeches were generating advertising revenue for them, but that was no longer enough it seems. Moving to 400$ annual fee for hosting a few images where a regular web hosting service will cost you 25-50$/year is beyond absurd and a clear signs of a company going bankrupt.

Link | Posted on Jul 3, 2017 at 21:09 UTC
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Brian_Smith: Today's Metabones Smart Adapter Firmware Update v57 adds Sony A9 Support. Any tests previous to this update are irrelevant.

Still good DPR places this so prominently as I hope it pushes Sony to aid in adapter and other lens compatibility/support

Link | Posted on Jun 26, 2017 at 20:55 UTC
On article Sony a9 Full Review: Mirrorless Redefined (2724 comments in total)
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Hugo600si: Can't wait to see what gets moved down to the A7III, but I'm afraid it may be the price point :/

As a 30 year+ Minolta/Sony shooter I have a lot of positives about Sony, but saying they are cheap hasn't been one yet. Looking at the top end bodies, they are pretty darn aggressive in their pricing though these days so hopefully you are right and this is part of their strategy also trickling down into the non pro line. I bought my nex-7, a77 and a700 at introduction prices due to their features and quality, those prices were not really competitive :).

The lenses have always been (a little) above competition as well (since Minolta days we keep saying it is due to the lower quantity :) ) so perhaps this will also improve along with the bodies.

Link | Posted on Jun 16, 2017 at 09:33 UTC
On article Sony a9 Full Review: Mirrorless Redefined (2724 comments in total)

Can't wait to see what gets moved down to the A7III, but I'm afraid it may be the price point :/

Link | Posted on Jun 15, 2017 at 15:04 UTC as 130th comment | 3 replies

For me there's not enough height, minimum 1440 pixels unless you only work on banners. Currently using a 2560x1440 (27") with the old 1920x1080 (24") on the side for reference/mail/internet.

I can see it would be great for racing games or flight sim's, but that is not my cup of tea.

Link | Posted on Jun 14, 2017 at 12:02 UTC as 3rd comment
On article How water droplets came to life for a Gatorade ad (103 comments in total)
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WuWuZilla: I liked it until the moment where the vertical drops gave a horizontal punch to the sandbag. It totally spoiled my impression that this is not fake. (The making-of video didn't enlighten me on that.)

Now you just spoiled it for me! ;) Very good attention to detail, hope they explain it better than some post CGI for nicer effect.

Link | Posted on Jun 14, 2017 at 09:32 UTC
On article Serious speed: Sony a9 real world samples gallery (557 comments in total)
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dansclic: What I see is that pictures with ice skaters are so so : overexposed, lack of contrast and definition especially with the 70-200 which is known to be a not so good lens.
Some,others are really good but many seem to lack precision in exposition : too dark or overexposed. Nikon is more accurate.

@Tommi, bokeh is how soft the non-focussed parts are, think STF lens for optimum results, although those can be a bit too much at times as well. Good lens for me has balance, but for 2600 usd, I'd say sharpness is a key ingredient too :)

Link | Posted on May 1, 2017 at 20:44 UTC
On article Serious speed: Sony a9 real world samples gallery (557 comments in total)
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dansclic: What I see is that pictures with ice skaters are so so : overexposed, lack of contrast and definition especially with the 70-200 which is known to be a not so good lens.
Some,others are really good but many seem to lack precision in exposition : too dark or overexposed. Nikon is more accurate.

I am not sure which 70-200 not so good lens you are talking about, but the 70-200 GM used here is the best 70-200 lens tested (dxo), well above competition and very high up in the best lenses list with only primes above it (and a lot of primes below it. Unless you confuse it with the older sony 70-200's I'd say poor trolling attempt

Link | Posted on Apr 28, 2017 at 07:35 UTC
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Chaitanya S: Marketting blabber for ***kissers put together by cherrypicking data.

For years Sony was put aside behind the big two, Canikon ruled etc etc, so I understand they are happy to have reached this, for them, big milestone.

Still meaningless marketing blabber I'd agree :)

Link | Posted on Apr 16, 2017 at 21:05 UTC
On article CP+ 2017: Hands-on with new Voigtländer E-mount primes (117 comments in total)
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Dimijis: Can someone enlighten me as to why a manual lens that communicates EXIF data is such a big advantage ?
Will it make me better pictures ? will it get me more clients ? or make my life overall more fulfilled ?
Coz I would argue that a lens void of any electronics that can fail is more of an advantage.

It allows the IBIS system to take focal length into the equation, producing better stabilization, depending on information it can/will also provide distance information

Link | Posted on Feb 25, 2017 at 12:32 UTC

So the 'pro' cannot be used with standard projectors, you can't hook up your multi display setup without a bunch of adapters and you can't read your images directly from card. Basically they dropped the 'pro' and went the air route (I wonder if that reflects the air in their heads). If I'd want a faster Air, I'd ask for a faster air, Apple, you are mixing up your audiences...

Link | Posted on Nov 6, 2016 at 12:34 UTC as 73rd comment
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mmrezaie: This camera is perfect for me only if there was a way I could find a quality prime around 24mm like the 23mm f2 of Fuji. I am looking for something very light in that zone.

It may be expensive, but by now we can say they are committed to the mount and good glass keeps a lot of its value. If I ever wanted to sell it I'd get a pretty good price for it.
I won't sell it though :)

Link | Posted on Oct 6, 2016 at 19:17 UTC
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NowHearThis: Nice! The NEX-7 MKII. About time. Minus the Tri-Navi, but ops for Fast AF and a Touchscreen, both were things my NEX7 desperately needed.

My thoughts exactly on the mk2, still really like the tri-navi and the images coming from the n7 mkI though... at least when it breaks I know what to buy if not fullframe

Link | Posted on Oct 6, 2016 at 19:09 UTC
On article Sony brings uncompressed Raw to a7S II, a7R II and... (562 comments in total)

Thank you DPReview, that article must have helped

Link | Posted on Sep 18, 2015 at 19:48 UTC as 12th comment

As my phone already does 4K video, it kind of makes sense to try and get to 8K before the competitive phone market reaches that first and shames the DSLR/videography community :)

Link | Posted on Sep 9, 2015 at 18:34 UTC as 58th comment
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balios: I see the word stronger and harder being used interchangeably. The problem is that a substance can be 4x harder and resist scratching, but be prone to breaking from impact.

From the text they're saying the coating is harder. So I suspect the underlying glass is the same. While the coating may be durable, coatings don't add strength to the base material. So I wouldn't be using this filter as a ballistic shield, as the glass will break just as easily as before.

Coatings and layers can add strength (or enduring flexibility) to the base material, and quite a lot... depending on the material of the coating.
But ignoring all the marketing fluff, I'd like to see some decent tests done on filters, there was an excellent test several years ago, but it does not seem to be something that is kept up to date. If the filters get in the cheap lens price territory (and some of my Zeiss ones go above that), I'd love to see some subjective testing instead of just marketing fluff

Link | Posted on Aug 29, 2015 at 11:10 UTC
On article Canon warns about dangers of counterfeit camera gear (154 comments in total)
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samfan: I've read a story about a fake Canon flash about a year ago. The dude bought the flash online and one of the secondary features wasn't working properly, so he took it to a Canon dealer to check it out. They were trying to make the flash work for hours until finally they called a technician who eventually noticed some differences and figured out the flash was fake.


On the other hand, there are rally good really cheap flashes available. I'd guess that if the makers of these fakes don't want to be found out immediately and hurt their business, I'd assume the insides of these fakes would be at least half-decent. But no guarantee of course... It can be the cheapest, most dangerous crap. Flashguns are dangerous stuff.

The cost to produce them is significantly closer to 50 cents than 50$

Link | Posted on Jul 4, 2015 at 08:11 UTC
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